Karoub Associates is advising MAFF members to call their State Representative and voice their opposition to a package of bills TODAY which negatively affects retiree healthcare and employer contributions to health savings accounts. Jim Curran of Karoub Associates explains the 13-bill package:
Despite statements to the contrary, the House Republicans introduced a 13-bill package that would impact retiree health care for retirees, active employees and new hires at the local level.
Beginning May 1, 2017, retirees receiving benefits would be required to pay 20% of cost unless the retiree health care benefit was funded at a level in excess of 80%.
Beginning May 1, 2017, employers are limited to putting 2% of base pay into a retirement health savings account.
The main bill that enables all the rest of the package is House Bill 6074, sponsored by Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter.
Our focus needs to be the defeat of House Bill 6074.
To our MAPO members, the message is simple:
CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 6074.
Click below to find contact information for your State Representative.
The Local Government Committee met this morning, Dec. 1, 2016 from 10:30 until noon. Speaker Cotter and other legislators testified in support of the bills and then the MML testified. The House Session began at noon and ended at 3:30 p.m. The Committee is going back for further testimony. The police groups and others will testify at this time.
Rep. Chatfield, Chairman of the Committee, told the press in attendance that there will be no vote today and that the committee is tentatively scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Keep those cards and letters coming. They are definitely having an impact.
I'll update further after committee. Information has been posted to www.mapo411.com
On a related front, the Senate adjourned at 5:00 Wednesday, Nov. 30 without taking a vote on SB 102 that would put new school employee hires into a DC plan. The Republican leadership plan was to vote it out tonight. The Snyder Administration weighed in heavily against the bill and that gave enough Republicans cover to say they weren't going to vote for SB 102. Snyder's staff testified that the bill would cost the state BILLIONS to cover the conversion cost and the cost of closing the DB plan for existing teachers.
Hopefully, the Governor will have his team publicly come out against the House retiree health care bills as strongly.
Jim Curran of Karoub Associates wanted to alert MAFF members about important legislation being introduced tomorrow, Dec. 1, 2016. MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner encourages all MAFF members to call their legislators TODAY, Nov. 30, 2016 about these important bills being considered by the State House of Representatives. Please read Mr. Curran's message below and contact your Legislators today!
House Republican leadership has indicated that bills will be introduced tomorrow and that there will be hearings on Thursday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 6.
House Republican plan has the following components:
NEW EMPLOYEES - 2% of pay into HSA
CURRENT EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES -
If healthcare benefit funded at 80% or higher - no changes
If healthcare benefit funded between 60% and 80% - Employer will only pay 80% of benefit. Similar to 80/20.
If healthcare benefit funded below 60% - Employer must submit a plan adjustment to Treasury to get plan back to 60% funding threshold.
They claim that if you are already paying into a retiree health care plan, the bills don't affect you but weren't able to clarify.
Retiree healthcare will be excluded as a subject of bargaining under 312.
Bill numbers have not been assigned as the bills will be introduced at House session tomorrow.
Will provide more info as it becomes available tomorrow. Hopefully, everybody is above the magic 80% number and this only impact new hires. We can talk about the impact on recruitment as something to consider.
PLEASE CLICK on the following links below to find the contact information for your Senator and Representative:
With the impending transition to newly elected leaders, state legislators are addressing a number of topics in the lame duck session; leadership appointments are being made; and topics such as energy reform, clean water in Flint and a plan to tackle lead exposure are all discussed in the Nov. 21, 2016 Karoub Report.
Southeast Michigan Project Blue Light Ceremony honors the Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters of 2016. The ceremony, which will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016 in Hazel Park, was organized to remember those from the past and offers support to the survivors. The event features poems, prayer, music and a wreath presentation at which time family or department representative(s) will place a flower in memory of those being honored this year, as well as those who have fallen in the past. Immediately following the service, light refreshments will be provided in the church cafeteria by the Parish Altar Society.
The City of Rochester Hills is hiring multiple part-time MAFF Union Fire Fighter/Emergency Medical Technicians. The jobs are 24 hours per week. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 30, 2016. See the Application Process for details on these job postings. All questions should be directed to the Rochester Hills Human Resources Department at (248) 656-4708.
Support your local first responder while enjoying Detroit Pistons basketball during Detroit Police First Responders Night on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Limited seats are available so reserve your seats today.Tickets are $60.00 inclusive of food.
Everyone is welcome to support and attend. You do not have to be a First Responder to attend. Please spread the word about this event, come out and bring a friend!
Republicans kept control of the Michigan House and Supreme Court and have a majority in the U.S. House to go along with newly-elected Republican President Donald Trump. Karoub Associates details elections results in the Nov. 9, 2016 Karoub Report.
Fire Science.org has put together a comprehensive guidebook for women in public service careers. In this guide, readers can access in-depth insights and research about careers in homeland security, forestry, public administration, cyber security, emergency management, criminal justice and paramedics.
This guide highlights careers for women in public service, throughout history and today.
A 2011 report by the Department of Labor found that women are 50 percent more likely than men to work in public sector jobs, with 18.2 percent of all female Americans serving in this arena. Click here to learn more about public service jobs for women and information about potential salaries and education requirements for specific positions.
FireScience.org began in 2012 to provide quality data and information for students pursuing a career in fire science. The website provide tools and resources to help students and professionals make well-informed decisions about their education and career training.
The Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends program (FIRST), led by Drexel University Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Taylor of Dornsife School of Public Health, is working to share fire fighter safety research findings with fire fighters nationwide.
FIRST is a research enterprise based at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, organized to support the United States fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis.Their goal is to make their research findings publicly known and free to access. An article on a recently published manuscript in the American Journal of Health Behavior can be found here.
Through a newly awarded Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) funded grant supporting FIRST's partnership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), research on U.S. Fire Service safety culture will continue. More information on this research can be found here.
To learn more about the FIRST program, click here.
By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor
Jerald James has always enjoyed coming to the aid of others, so helping his fellow Detroit EMS co-workers resolve employment concerns was a natural transition for him. Now that he’s recently retired, James is taking his next step helping others as the newest MAFF Labor Relations Specialist.
“The one thing that attracted me to the union when I started (Detroit EMS) in 1997 was witnessing employees rights not being honored or respected and watching co-workers or peers really struggle with their rights and their benefits and wages,” James said.
James represented EMS workers for nearly two decades through his various positions at Detroit EMS, including EMS Superintendent and his most recent position as EMS Captain. He begins his new career with MAFF in September.
“Once I crossed into the union world, it became very rewarding to me to win a grievance or have a phone call and get some stuff straightened out,” he said. “It made the job dually rewarding - I was delivering babies and ... getting peoples’ jobs back when they were wrongly discharged. For a lot of people you end up saving their life or their careers when no one else would or could.”
James was a MAFF Union Steward since 2014, when EMS Supervisors joined MAFF. Now MAFF representatives are hoping EMTs and Paramedics will join the union as well.
“I was actually the union president for the group when we affiliated with MAFF,” James said. “To me, it was a natural transition. I really liked what I’m doing - I wouldn’t change it. I think this is a nice group of guys I’m dealing with too,” he said of Labor Relations staff.
Karoub Associates, the legislative representatives for Michigan Association of Police (MAP) and Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO), is seeking the passage of SB 218, a bill to provide continued, comparable health care coverage to the surviving spouse and dependents of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty. The bill would also extend those benefits to a public safety officer, their spouse and dependents if the public safety officer becomes permanently disabled on the job. To read the memo from Karoub Associates to the legislature, click here.
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